Learn and Share Ideas at Monthly ICD-10 Conference Calls
The ICD-10 conversion deadline of Oct. 1, 2014 is fast approaching. To help providers prepare and share information, the Washington State Hospital Association, Washington State Medical Association, and OneHealthPort are sponsoring a series of monthly ICD-10 conference calls featuring several topics, including: engaging physicians, dual coding, trading partner preparedness ideas, and more. There will be one topic per call with 5-6 provider organizations presenting what they’re doing to get ready. The calls are on the first Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. Submit your contact information to be added to the distribution list.
ICD-10 Reminder: We are not able to accept ICD-10 codes on claims until the implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014. Claims sent using ICD-10 codes prior to Oct. 1, 2014, will be returned. Thank you for your cooperation.
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) is a system that facilitates a statistical classification of disease published by the World Health Organizationand is one of several means for reporting procedures performed in acute care facilities.
ICD-10 code sets have been widely-used internationally for more than a decade to report patient health conditions. It also is used for mortality reporting in the United States. The U.S currently uses ICD-9 coding both to report patient health conditions and facilitate claims processing and provider reimbursement.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated use of ICD-10 codes in the U.S. on all HIPAA transactions by Oct. 1, 2014 for both reporting and payment of claims. HHS recently announced a proposed rule that may extend the ICD-10 compliance date.
For Premera, ICD-10 implementation will impact processes across the company; however, we are prepared. Our implementation planning is well underway, and we will meet the federal compliance date.
Provider awareness and preparedness are crucial in making a smooth transition to ICD-10. Provider offices can minimize impacts if they have anticipated, learned, and prepared for the changes, as well as for the potential setbacks.